NEW PORT RICHEY
Tax collector says he'll seek re-election
Longtime Tax Collector Mike Olson officially announced his plans Wednesday to run for re-election, touting his focus on customer service and cutting-edge technology in the office he has run for nearly 32 years. "Customer service is our number one priority and the hallmark of my administration," said Olson, 67, whose office is responsible for collecting nearly $500 million a year through more than 1 million customer transactions. "We set high goals and work to achieve them by serving our customers with old-fashioned respect and courtesy, and by utilizing innovative technology." He said his priorities include opening a new full service regional office to serve the Zephyrhills/Wesley Chapel area, and finding a larger location for the Land O'Lakes office. So far Olson, a Democrat, faces a challenge from former Tampa Electric Co. executive Ed Blommel, 63, a Republican.
Sessions to explain secondhand rule
The Pasco County Sheriff's Office is hosting free informational sessions about a new ordinance affecting secondhand dealers. The county ordinance requires anyone who buys secondhand goods for the purpose of reselling them (such as antiques dealers, flea market merchants, coin dealers, gold and precious metal shops, and online businesses) to maintain a log of items they've bought and who sold it to them. They have to photograph the items and upload them into FINDER, a statewide law enforcement database. The Sheriff's Office says the measures are designed to help crack down on suspects who are unloading stolen items. There will be three sessions across the county for business owners who have questions about the new reporting requirements.
• 1 p.m. Wednesday in the CPI conference room, Counsel Square, 7601 Little Road, New Port Richey.
• 1 p.m. March 15 in the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, District II, 36409 State Road 52, Dade City.
• 1 p.m. March 21 at the Pasco jail, 20101 Central Blvd., Land O'Lakes.
People may RSVP by sending an email to Lindy Nowicki at lnowicki@ pascosheriff.org or calling (727) 844-7797.
Art & Culture Week events set
Pasco-Hernando Community College will host visiting artists, hands-on activities, presentations, music and cultural festivals all next week for Art & Culture Week. Events will be held on PHCC's West Campus in New Port Richey, East Campus in Dade City, North Campus in Brooksville and Spring Hill Campus. Visit www.phcc.edu/artculture for a daily agenda of activities, times and room locations at the various campus locations or call 1-877-TRY-PHCC. All Art & Culture Week events are free and open to the community.
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